Many thousands of people get sick in the winter and the fall. However the change in the seasons does not mean that everyone will get sick. Some people never get sick even as the seasons change. This all depends on the immune system of the body and everyones immune system is different. Even some people who are exposed to germs can stay healty. The reason for this is because their immune system is a lot stronger than most. But there are some things you can do to boost your immune system naturally.

Germs are literally everywhere and taking simple precautions like washing your hands regularly and taking some natural supplements can help you.

So what can you do to help stay healthy naturally?

Get Plenty of Sleep

Getting sleep and good rest is important to keep your immune system healthy. Lack of sleep weakens the immune system. Getting less than seven hours of sleep per night significantly increases the risk of getting sick. Melatonin is secreted as you sleep and a lower level has been linked to a decreased immune function which also impacts your levels of proteins called cytokines. Both of these chemicals are important in keeping a strong immune system.

Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Eating foods high in antioxidants can help curb free radical damage to the body and also make your immune system stronger. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to give your body plenty of antioxidants. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain Carotenoids such as sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, peaches, pumpkin and other orange, red, yellow and dark green fruits and veggies. Other foods that contain selenium that are found in Brazil nuts, tuna, beef, poultry, oats, brown rice, sunflower seeds and wheat germ, help prevent cell damage from free radicals and greatly strengthens the immune system.

Get plenty of Vitamin D

Many people are Vitamin D deficient so it’s important to supplement or eat foods that have plenty of Vitamin D. This helps activate your immune system. When your body is exposed to pathogens, your white blood cells or “T Cells” extend a Vitamin D receptor to search for Vitamin D. If you don’t have enough Vitamin D the white bloods cells cannot activate and your immune system will not work as it should to fight off sickness.

Get Enough Exercise

Getting regular exercise is important in keeping a healthy immune system. Even just moderate exercise can stimulate your natural antibody and white blood cell response. Studies have shown that people who get more exercise are less likely to become sick that those who do not. Exercise should become a regular part of your day as much as sleeping and eating. You will be healthier and feel better and keep a stronger immune system.

Avoid Stress

Stress can greatly impact your body’s natural response to illness and can alter the number of white blood cells in the body. Anytime you are under stress, you are less likely to eat or sleep right or even partake in other unhealthy behaviors like smoking or drinking alcohol which can significantly alter the immune system and its response to illness. So if you are feeling stressed out, then do things that help you relax like reading, playing a game, going for a walk, or anything else that helps you relax and stay stress free.

Jillian Panzella is a nutritionist and nutrition consultant in NYC and is also a specialist in weight loss for women, pregnancy utrition, and natural weight loss. Contact Jillian today at contact@jillianpanzellanutrition.com or (888) 513-4777 to see how she can help you.